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Air Fryer Fried Chicken KFC Copycat

A deliciously moist and authentic copycat KFC Chicken recipe. This Air Fryer fried chicken is golden brown and delicious. It’s soaked in buttermilk for delicious Southern flavor.

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KFC Copycat Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Who doesn’t love Kentucky Fried Chicken? For years, people have been trying to copycat KFC Fried Chicken. Well, this is about the closest you are going to get.

I’ve heard of some saying there is a copycat recipe out there that tastes nothing like KFC. However, this air fryer Fried Chicken tastes just like it because if it didn’t, my husband wouldn’t eat it. He’s fussy like that. lol

This Air Fryer fried chicken is a healthier and easier version of traditional fried chicken. Soaked in buttermilk, covered in seasoned flour, and air fried to perfection.

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KFC Spice Blend Ingredients:

**For exact amount of each needed please see the recipe card below. 

  • chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper
  • Dried mustard
  • Paprika
  • Garlic salt
  • Ground ginger
  • White pepper
  • Oil of choice (peanut or vegetable oil) (for deep frying version)
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How to Make KFC Fried Chicken in the Air Fryer

Soak the chicken legs in buttermilk for up to 24 hours before starting this recipe.

Place the eggs in one bowl and the flour and spices in a second bowl. Stir the spices well into the flour and beat the eggs.

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Place an oven-safe cooling rack overtop of a baking sheet.

Remove chicken one piece at a time from buttermilk.

Dredge each chicken leg in the flour, then the eggs, and then the flour once again.

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Put the coated drumstick on the cooling rack and repeat with remaining chicken.

copycat kfc chicken in air fryer

Preheat air fryer to 390°.

Place Parchment round in bottom of air fryer so chicken doesn’t stick to bottom.

Lay chicken in a single layer in Ninja Foodi or Air Fryer so the pieces aren’t touching.

Air Fry for 13 minutes. Flip over. If there are any dry spots where the flour is showing, you can spritz with olive oil. Fry for another 13 minutes.

Check that the internal temperature is 165°. If not then cook for 5 minutes at a time until done.

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Enjoy!

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Deep Fried & Oven Fried Chicken Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F

Soak the chicken legs in buttermilk for up to 24 hours before starting this recipe.

Break the eggs in one bowl and the flour and spices in a second bowl. Stir the spices well into the flour and beat the eggs.

Place an oven-safe cooling rack overtop of a baking sheet – this will serve two purposes during your recipe.

Remove chicken one piece at a time from buttermilk.

Dredge each chicken leg in the flour, then the eggs, and then the flour once again.

KFC AIR FRYER FRIED CHICKEN

Place the coated drumstick on the cooling rack and repeat with remaining chicken.

copycat kfc chicken in air fryer

Pour your oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat. (You can alternatively use a deep fryer.)

KFC AIR FRYER FRIED CHICKEN

Fry the chicken legs in batches of 3 for 2-4 minutes until the coating is golden.

Remove the chicken to the cooling rack and repeat with remaining chicken.

If You’re Baking in Oven

Folllow steps and instead of frying in oil, place in oven to bake.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until an inserted thermometer reads 165F.

KFC COPYCAT CHICKEN

Yield: 10

Air Fryer Fried Chicken KFC Copycat

buttermilk fried chicken air fryer

A deliciously moist and authentic copycat KFC Chicken recipe. This Air Fryer fried chicken is golden brown and delicious. It’s soaked in buttermilk for delicious Southern flavor.

Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 teaspoon salt
  • Half teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/3 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • Teaspoon black pepper
  • One teaspoon dried mustard
  • 4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  1. Soak the chicken legs in buttermilk for up to 24 hours before starting this recipe.
  2. Beat the eggs in one bowl and the flour and spices in a second bowl. Stir the spices well into the flour and beat the eggs.
  3. Place an oven-safe cooling rack overtop of a baking sheet.
  4. Remove chicken one piece at a time from buttermilk.
  5. Dredge each chicken leg in the flour, then the eggs, and then the flour once again. Place the coated drumstick on the cooling rack and repeat with remaining chicken.
  6. Preheat Air Fryer to 390°.
  7. Place Parchment round in bottom of air fryer so chicken doesn't stick to bottom. 
  8. Lay chicken in a single layer in Ninja Foodie or Air Fryer so the pieces aren't touching.
  9. Air Fry for 13 minutes. Flip over. If there are any dry spots where the flour is showing, you can spritz with olive oil. Fry for another 13 minutes. Check that the internal temperature is 165°. If not then cook for 5 minutes at a time until done.
  10. Enjoy!

Deep Fried & Oven Fried Chicken Directions:

  1. 6+ cups oil of choice (peanut or vegetable oil) (for deep frying version)
  2. Preheat oven to 300F.
  3. Soak the chicken legs in buttermilk for up to 24 hours before starting this recipe.
  4. Break the eggs in one bowl and the flour and spices in a second bowl. Stir the spices well into the flour and beat the eggs.
  5. Place an oven-safe cooling rack overtop of a baking sheet - this will serve two purposes during your recipe.
  6. Remove chicken one piece at a time from buttermilk.
  7. Dredge each chicken leg in the flour, then the eggs, and then the flour once again. Place the coated drumstick on the cooling rack and repeat with remaining chicken.
  8. Pour your oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat. (You can alternatively use a deep fryer.)
  9. Fry the chicken legs in batches of 3 for 2-4 minutes until the coating is golden. 
  10. Remove the chicken to the cooling rack and repeat with remaining chicken.

If You're Baking in Oven

Folllow steps and instead of frying in oil, place in oven to bake.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until an inserted thermometer reads 165F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1063Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 568mgSodium: 2518mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 100g

Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.

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megan allen

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

I live in Kentucky so I definitely love KFC! Unfortunately, we live in a small town and our KFC isn't that great. We have to drive a town over. Thanks for sharing the yumminess!

Linda Yip

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Ooooohlala

Brian

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Well Colonel, Your blend of 11 herbs and spices is still a secret. Tried the air fryer recipe. Shake n’ bake would have been closer. That was not good at all.

Mary

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Sorry you didn't like it.

Diane

Friday 9th of April 2021

I would like to try this recipe in my new air fryer; however, aren’t you supposed to spray the breaded chicken with oil? I don’t see that in the recipe. It seems as though the breading won’t brown without oil.

Mary

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Hi, Yes, you can spritz if needed. It's #9 on the recipe card.

Theresa

Sunday 28th of March 2021

We made this tonight and we put the spices on the chicken before hand as well as in the flour mixture and it came out perfect. This is the BEST KFC Copycat Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe we have come across. We will definitely be making it again.

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